OCTOBER, THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY: VISIT OF MARY TO OUR HOME

October is designated by the Catholic Church as the "Month of the Rosary" because it is when the Church celebrates the Marian devotion of "Our Lady of the Rosary" on October 7th. Pope Pius XIII officially established October as the Month of the Rosary in the 1884 and published an encyclical (Superiore Anno) which was focused on recitation of the Holy Rosary. In it he called for the entire Church to dedicate the whole month to the rosary and pray it daily. October was also the month in which Mary appeared for the last time to shepherd children in Fatima in Portugal, urging them to "say the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world."

 

We Catholics have great respect and great love for Mary, the Mother of God. She is with us, intercedes for us, and walks with us always. Many of us have our personal experiences or favorite memories with Mother Mary, and those experiences or memories have kept our families and us closer to Her. Particularly, in the month of the Rosary, we Catholics ought to honor Her and increase our Marian spirituality through various devotional activities. In view of this celebration, our parish has designed a Marian devotional Program “VISIT OF MARY TO OUR HOME,” through which we invite Mary into our homes and consecrate our families to her loving care by reciting the Rosary with her. As we give honor to Her in our homes, let us ask Her to intercede to Her Son, Jesus Christ, for our family needs and the needs of others. May she help us in our faith as we treasure Jesus in our hearts and in our homes—ultimately bringing peace to our lives.